Review - A Drug Problem That Never Existed

Artist: Mondo Generator

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Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Dwarves) would never cop to the "stoner rock" tag that got slapped on QOTSA and Kyuss, but come on, when your debut side/solo endeavor is titled "Cocaine Rodeo" and the lead track on your second solo endeavor is "Meth, I Hear You Calling," it becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Much like "Cocaine Rodeo, Drug Problem" explores the improbable middle ground between Kyuss' riff-rock and the ass-out insanity of the Dwarves. (In fact, Blag Dahlia lends a co-production hand.) Unfortunately, much like "Cocaine Rodeo," the sound here suffers from side-project disinterest. Sure, "Open Up and Bleed for Me" is a full-bore rocker, and a handful of the other songs are sufficiently interesting to warrant inclusion. But unlike the ranting insanity of his compatriots' "Desert Sessions" or even the warm brutality of Queens, Mondo Generator is surprisingly weak-kneed, resulting in a short and disappointing buzz.

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